The Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter at Southern Methodist University was established in December 2000 through a generous gift from the Hart family, supplemented with a major technology gift from Nortel Networks. It is the only university-wide, cross-disciplinary initiative focused on interactive network technologies at a major research university.
The Hart eCenter at SMU is a focus for multi-disciplinary research, education, and innovation.
Collaborative multi-disciplinary research on sponsored projects.
Innovative educational programs on multi-disciplinary issues delivered.
Application of traditional strengths to non-traditional problems and opportunities.
Within the eCenter is The Guildhall at SMU, which is one of the premier graduate video game education programs in the United States. Since 2005, the program has graduated more than 500 students, and alumni are working at over 150 video game studios around the world. The Guildhall offers a Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development degree and Professional Certificate in Digital Game Development program, and students specialize in Art Creation, Level Design, Production, or Software Development.